Some Old Photos From the Archive

Just came across some old pictures from Black Rock in 2000. This was one of my first trips out there with my pop, such great memories. Some notable moments were meeting Paul Robinson of Kosdon East (Now Animal Motor Works), witnessing a Kosdon O10,000 boosted dart and watching my first Q motor launch by Mike Hobbes.


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Two launches in a Month!

Two launches at Friends of Amateur Rocketry this month, both flights over 25,000′. See reports here and here.

Cast finocyl grain.Liftoff!




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More Testing



A couple screen grabs during ignition from a test earlier this year. Another load in the 76-7600N-s hardware set that cranked out 8760N-s.





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FAR February 2016

Perfect flying conditions this past weekend, full report here.

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FAR January 2016

I had planned to launch a 4″ rocket on a 3″ motor with 34″ of propellant, however the clouds were hovering around 18,000′ (well below the expected altitude) so I opted to static fire the motor hooked up to my data acquisition system. Motor burned well but longer than expected due to the phenolic nozzle throat eroding another .080″ during the burn. Max Pc was 730 psi and assuming Cf= 1.4 the total impulse was roughly 7,500 N-s. A graphite insert should keep the Pc up and boost the total impulse closer to 8,000N-s.

Static Burn

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Data Acquisition

I finally got around to assembling a data acquisition system to measure chamber pressure inside my rocket motors, full details here.



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Back at it!

Time to get back at it, here’s what happened over the weekend.

My kind of diamonds

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FAR July 2013

This weekend provided hot but calm flying conditions for a flight motor test. Flight report posted here.


BA Boost 2

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Black Rock Project 2013

Currently in the process of a class 3 wavier application for a Black Rock flight this year, more details to follow.